The Truths We Hold - Kamala Harris

The Truths We Hold

By Kamala Harris

  • Release Date: 2019-01-08
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 64 Ratings


A New York Times bestseller

From one of America's most inspiring political leaders, a book about the core truths that unite us, and the long struggle to discern what those truths are and how best to act upon them, in her own life and across the life of our country.

Senator Kamala Harris's commitment to speaking truth is informed by her upbringing. The daughter of immigrants, she was raised in an Oakland, California community that cared deeply about social justice; her parents--an esteemed economist from Jamaica and an admired cancer researcher from India--met as activists in the civil rights movement when they were graduate students at Berkeley. Growing up, Harris herself never hid her passion for justice, and when she became a prosecutor out of law school, a deputy district attorney, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative change agents in American law enforcement. She progressed rapidly to become the elected District Attorney for San Francisco, and then the chief law enforcement officer of the state of California as a whole. Known for bringing a voice to the voiceless, she took on the big banks during the foreclosure crisis, winning a historic settlement for California's working families. Her hallmarks were applying a holistic, data-driven approach to many of California's thorniest issues, always eschewing stale "tough on crime" rhetoric as presenting a series of false choices. Neither "tough" nor "soft" but smart on crime became her mantra. Being smart means learning the truths that can make us better as a community, and supporting those truths with all our might. That has been the pole star that guided Harris to a transformational career as the top law enforcement official in California, and it is guiding her now as a transformational United States Senator, grappling with an array of complex issues that affect her state, our country, and the world, from health care and the new economy to immigration, national security, the opioid crisis, and accelerating inequality.

By reckoning with the big challenges we face together, drawing on the hard-won wisdom and insight from her own career and the work of those who have most inspired her, Kamala Harris offers in THE TRUTHS WE HOLD a master class in problem solving, in crisis management, and leadership in challenging times. Through the arc of her own life, on into the great work of our day, she communicates a vision of shared struggle, shared purpose, and shared values. In a book rich in many home truths, not least is that a relatively small number of people work very hard to convince a great many of us that we have less in common than we actually do, but it falls to us to look past them and get on with the good work of living our common truth. When we do, our shared effort will continue to sustain us and this great nation, now and in the years to come.

Amazon/iTunes Reviews

  • Disappointed

    By Mr. Male
    Appears to try and whitewash her history of privilege and her aggressive win-at-all-costs approach to politics. Was hoping she was more about the truths she holds and her values. Not worth the read - sorry (really wanted to like this one).
  • Kamala Harris

    By Denio64
    Read the Kamala views, disappointing but her energy is youthful, a great mistress, she talks and laughs and we don’t and we shutter.
  • Madam President

    By GavanBruderer
    An insightful look into the life of a future President. In particular, it addressed many criticisms about her decisions while serving as AG and DA, and why she chose to tackle them as she did. A fantastic read.
  • Overall review

    By @CookieeCakee
    Overall i’d say this book is very informative of her up bringing, political views and the work she has done as D.A, A.G, and now senator of California. 3 stars because some parts were kind of boring. #KamalaHarris2020
  • Inspiring

    By Mravinsky08
    Kamala Harris is an inspirational leader who demonstrates a life led by empathy, conviction, and persistence. Her path was not given to her, she worked (and worked hard) to achieve her successes. Very inspiring person of whom much more can be expected. Her writing is witty, personable, and lucid.
  • Wow

    By Yes Prog Rock
    She is just not too intelligent. God help us all!